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Old 09-20-2016, 09:37 AM   #11
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45 minutes per afternoon proved more than adequate for SWMBO and I on several occasions.

Keep in mind I am an electricity miser!

When boondocking, of the resources we bring with us (water, propane, food, electricity, etc.) the smallest quantity and hardest to replace is the 12VDC in the battery. Up to 60# of propane, 55 gallons of water and too much food are easy. Refilling is as easy as reconnecting with civilization. But putting electricity back in the battery takes time and then you still don't have much. On top of that, every appliance is using several milliamps just standing by...

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We've found what works for us: no TV, very limited radio, oil lamp or candles to illuminate dinner (only because the LED lighting is too harsh).

What works for others is up to them. Some folks need a 5KW genset just to run all of what they feel are their needs.

It'll take several trips into The Great Wilderness and discussions with the rest of your camping family to find what works for you.
I can be quite "miserly" with the power too. It's the furnace blower fan that worries me. I guess I'll pack extra blankets ...
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:46 AM   #12
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I can be quite "miserly" with the power too. It's the furnace blower fan that worries me. I guess I'll pack extra blankets ...
Set the temp for 65. Close the windows. Snuggle. Put up with her ice cubes - errr... feet.

Three 10 minute cycles of the heat all night.

Being miserly doesn't mean one has to be uncomfortable!

Run the genny an extra 5 minutes.
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:49 AM   #13
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Set the temp for 65. Close the windows. Snuggle. Put up with her ice cubes - errr... feet.

Three 10 minute cycles of the heat all night.

Being miserly doesn't mean one has to be uncomfortable!

Run the genny an extra 5 minutes.
LOL! There ya go!
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If you have enough room as on the tongue of our TT, you can modify the top battery tray to accommodate a larger battery than the standard 24 battery. (cut sides of tray off)

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I'm a power miser as well. We dry camp in SP's for a long weekend with a single 12V deep cycle battery and little 40W solar panel and will still be showing full voltage when we leave. BUT we converted all lights to LED, and use power very sparingly, although will use a few hours of stereo.


In cold weather we dress appropriately and draw straws to see who makes a run to the thermostat in the morning to flip it on. 5 minutes later the place is toasty warm again and that's usually the last time it runs until the next morning.
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My camper came with a 24 series interstate battery, not big enough in my opinion. what brand(s) should i look for? Are 31 series big enough or should i go with an 8D from Diehard. lithium ion batteries are insanely expensive. any input would be great
I have a 2016 Eagle in the manual it states camper comes with a group 27 not so we got the 24 also.We added a second 24 and when they die will replace with 2 golf car batteries.Wall Mart has them for about $80.00 each.This is are first camper where we added a 275 watt solar panel.And a 30 amp blue sky controller.No more low batteries!
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My camper came with a 24 series interstate battery, not big enough in my opinion. what brand(s) should i look for? Are 31 series big enough or should i go with an 8D from Diehard. lithium ion batteries are insanely expensive. any input would be great
I have a 2016 Eagle in the manual it states camper comes with a group 27 not so we got the 24 also.We added a second 24 and when they die will replace with 2 golf car batteries.Wall Mart has them for about $80.00 each.This is are first camper where we added a 275 watt solar panel.And a 30 amp blue sky controller.No more low batteries!
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I have a 2016 Eagle in the manual it states camper comes with a group 27 not so we got the 24 also.We added a second 24 and when they die will replace with 2 golf car batteries.Wall Mart has them for about $80.00 each.This is are first camper where we added a 275 watt solar panel.And a 30 amp blue sky controller.No more low batteries!
WalMart has a 6 volt golf cart battery for $80? What kind of capacity?
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WalMart has a 6 volt golf cart battery for $80? What kind of capacity?
Not sure can check Wallmart.com
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Not sure can check Wallmart.com
I did but the only ones I found for $80 were 32AH batteries and 2 of those would equal approximately the same power as a GP24 12V battery (or even a little less). The 200AH batteries were in the $300+/- range so I thought maybe I missed something?
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